If you are thinking about starting a business or have a business idea, the first thing people will tell you is to write a business plan. Some things you might be thinking are: Do I really need to do this? I know what I am doing. I don't have time to write this thing that I will never use.
It does take time to get your business plan together but it is usually necessary if you want to get financing or looking for partners/ investors. Plus, the business plan is not only to sell your business idea to others but it really is a roadmap and guide for yourself. It helps keep you on track with spending, profit goals, and so you don't lose sight of the "big picture". To get you started on your business plan the library has a few resources:
How to Write a Business Plan by Mike McKeever
Anatomy of a Business Plan by Linda Pinson
And if you can't get to the library, we have resources available online:
Business Plans for Dummies by Paul Tiffany
Small Business Reference Center: Full-text of the Nolo title How to Write a Business Plan and business plan samples.
In addition SCORE has great business plan templates available online.
Women's Initiative is a local non-profit that helps "high-potential, low-income women" start businesses with services offered in English and Spanish. Women's Initiative offers business management training that includes business plan development, marketing, and record keeping. They have several locations in the Bay Area including right here in San José at 1407 Parkmoor Avenue.
Business Owner Space (BOS) is a one-stop resource for businesses and entrepreneurs. BOS is composed of a collaborative partnership among more than two dozen public, private, and non-profit agencies and businesses including San José Public Library.
BOS can help you assess whether you are ready to start a business, give you the steps to launch and grow your business, and connect you with local resources that can help support you through the business start-up process.
BOS is located at 1290 Parkmoor Avenue in San José.
Reference USA is an online business directory. Yes, that sounds kind of boring but it's actually a very useful resource. So, what can Reference USA do for you?
These are just a few of the searches that Reference USA can do. Reference USA is not just a simple directory with names and addresses, it's great tool for job seekers, entrepreneurs, and sales and marketing folks. Plus, you can access Reference USA for free, from home or work with a valid SJPL library card.
Well, let me tell you a bit about SCORE...
SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) is a nationwide non-profit organization partnered with the U. S. Small Business Administration. SCORE's experienced executives provide free counseling to folks starting their own business and to existing business owners. The counselors are dedicated, trained volunteers who have experience in various industries such as retail, tech, and non-profit. SCORE also offers great low cost business workshops and seminars.
So, if you are thinking about starting or growing your business SCORE can help. Check them out they have an office in San José as well as throughout the Bay Area.